Sunday, November 30, 2008

A last minute Christmas gift you can make. Ninety-second post and counting!

So here's the scenario:

Some fool of a friend (I'll say PJ to keep it simple) calls and says she's coming over. It's close to Christmas and you know she's bringing you a really nice gift (she'd better!) but you have nothing for her (a mere oversight, I'm sure).

What to do, what to do, what to do?

In less than five minutes you can make PJ a lovely gift - a cup of cake!

First, you dig in your cupboard for a seldom-used-but-still-lovely cup and saucer. PJ gets to keep it so you don't want it to be part of Grandma's china. Then you spray the cup with cooking spray because you're too lazy to smear butter in it.

In a separate little bowl, you mix the following ingredients:

2 Tbsp flour (I used cake flour)
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cocoa powder
A pinch of salt
2 Tbsp milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp oil

Pour the mixed ingredients into the lovely cup. It doesn't make much but don't be fooled into adding more. The cake needs room to cook up and then fall back into cup.

Microwave on full power for 60 seconds. Depending on the power of your microwave and your altitude, you may need to adjust the cooking time. If so, only cook in additional 15 second intervals. If you overcook the cake, you might need a chisel to chip it out of the cup!

When finished, the cake should be nice and fluffy. Residue from its rising will remain on the upper cup. Just wipe that away with a wet paper towel.

Frost with store-bought frosting. It's a microwaved cake, for heavens sake. Don't go to too much trouble!

But add a bow. After all, it's for PJ and she's an artist.

Thanks to rlege for this recipe!


  1. That's a first. I'm dying to try it!

  2. What a great idea! Thanks for the creative "quick gift"! xo...deb

  3. Is it going to have mold on it? I want a red bow, a big red bow. And I'm bringing my sock with quarters in it... you are a STINKER!!!

  4. I keep on seeing this recipe, or one like it! I'm going to have to give it a try! Sounds wonderful. Karen

  5. and I will take ANY color bow! Or no bow. One with a toe, not day glow. We will sit and sew. No,no. I gotta go. Get outa my way, IT'S ART DAY.Hey hey let's go play.
    (my best bad Dr Suess)

  6. Cute idea! 92 we celebrate at 100? Let's have a big party.

  7. This cake sounds more dietetic than PJ's. How's that for rationalizing?

  8. Now that's a hoot! I wonder if cake mix would work? See I am REALLY lazy!!



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